Dogs 2012

DAVID
(8/18/12)


I have
watched it
for weeks
during visits
to my favorite
restroom
stall

a tiny
spider
almost lost
in the land
of lint
that its
corner web
had become

several
times
I had considered
doing some
selective
housecleaning
and putting
the little insect
out of its
dust-mired
misery

but
the survival
instinct
intrigues me
and as long
as it escaped
the sweeping
excursions
of the janitor
who was I
to end
its existence

this morning
after taking
a seat
I saw that
this little
leviathan
had managed
to ensnare
and kill
a small roach
at least
20 times
its own
size

I could
barely detect
the diminutive
hunter
but finally
spotted it
attached
to the roach's
head
apparently
sucking out
the brain

my
miniscule
friend
was a
stone
cold
killer

on
my next
visit
I would have
to remember
to keep my legs
drawn in
a bit more
closely
toward
the toilet